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  • BNCOC Graduation at Walter Reed

    03/23/2008 8:36:29 AM PDT · by Caoilfhionn · 1 replies · 240+ views
    bncoc training graduation at Walter Reed We need to get as many people as possible to this graduation next Friday (March 28) to honor these first wounded troops who have gone through the course. (Hat tip Denis Keohane for the pic and summation.) This is incredible! Through email, and the blog, here. Background: I'm doing this in OPORD format, since most of us know that format the best. SITUATION: I was contacted today through work by SFC Barry Nelson, US Army, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is the Senior Group Leader of the Basic Non-Commission Officers Course...
  • Man Mugged While Training for Army Test (Slashed in Central Park)

    03/22/2008 9:48:30 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 780+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 3/22/2008 | n/a
    NEW YORK - Knife-wielding muggers attacked a jogger running in Central Park to prepare for an Army physical fitness test, police and his family said. "I'm in a lot of pain," Johnny Reberon, 23, said as he returned from a hospital Friday to his Manhattan home. He was slashed in the arm and leg by two men who accosted him around 8:45 p.m. Thursday, police said. His mugging was near the park road where a 28-year-old investment banker was found after being attacked while jogging on April 19, 1989. She became known worldwide as "the Central Park jogger." Reberon's attackers...
  • Small soldier gets his wish

    03/21/2008 5:40:04 PM PDT · by dbehsman · 24 replies · 622+ views
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | 3-21-08 | George P. Slefo
    FORT HOOD – Five-year-old Gaven Cox was given one wish to do anything he wanted. Instead of asking to go to Sea World or to meet Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Gaven modestly asked for some McDonald's food. The child's parents laughed and told him to make another choice. "He told us he wanted to be an Army soldier," said Melissa Heminger, Gaven's mom. "I was a little bit surprised that he asked for McDonald's, but in reality, he wanted to be a soldier since he was 3." Gaven, who is diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, was granted one wish by...
  • KATHERINE JENERETTE GRADUATES from US ARMY AIRBORNE SCHOOL

    03/21/2008 1:26:29 PM PDT · by kjenerette · 115 replies · 3,203+ views
    North Myrtle Beach Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | Editor
    North Myrtle Beach Times - page 8, Thursday, March 20, 2008Jenerette Completes School KATHERINE JENERETTE GRADUATES from US ARMY AIRBORNE SCHOOL Former North Myrtle Beach Planning Commissioner, U.S. Army Lieutenant Katherine Jenerette recently graduated from the U.S. Army's Airborne school at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Airborne officers are considered to be among the Army's most valuable combat officers. Every member of the Rangers and Special Forces - two of the Army's most elite corps - is airborne qualified.Information about the Airborne school states: Throughout the fast-moving course of instruction, mental alertness and physical conditioning are emphasized and Airborne School is...
  • Guerrilla Turned Housewife Out of Jail

    03/21/2008 10:25:06 AM PDT · by bluerose · 19 replies · 741+ views
    AP ^ | 3-21-08 | DAISY NGUYEN
    LOS ANGELES (March 21) - After serving six years in prison for trying to bomb police cars in the 1970s, former Symbionese Liberation Army member Sara Jane Olson has been released on parole and reunited with the family she hid with for years. Olson, 61, formerly known as Kathleen Soliah, walked out of the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla on Monday, state Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Sessa said. In 2001, Olson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 years in prison for attempting to bomb Los Angeles police cars in 1975 with the SLA, the urban guerrilla group...
  • Political Theatre of the Absurd (Even the left is sick of Code Pink!)

    03/19/2008 8:39:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,669+ views
    The American Prospect ^ | March 18, 2008 | Paul Waldman
    A few months ago, a day before one of the occasional marches the Capital sees demanding an end to the Iraq War, I began the descent into the Metro stop near my office, looked up, and saw a number of representatives of Code Pink standing at the railing overlooking the escalator. Or rather, I heard them first. They were screaming at the parade of commuters, at the top of their lungs and in a tone somewhere between simple frustration and righteous anger, "End the war!!!" Well, I thought, that ought to take care of things. Good work, hippies! I kid...
  • Remember me

    03/19/2008 5:31:46 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 12 replies · 1,035+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | salena zito
    Remember Me By Salena Zito Time punishes war. The war in Iraq is no exception; as each moment passes, public resolve, politics and passion erode its mission. Collectively, many Americans tend to remember the mistakes and politics that led us there, rather than the faces of the men and women who serve and defend us. Seven months ago, Lizzie Palmer, a young lady from Columbus, Ohio, barely over the threshold of childhood, felt compelled to do her part to remind people of those faces. The result is a stunning video that was showcased on Chris Wallace's Fox News Sunday last...
  • Army Seeks DNA Samples from Families of MIA Soldiers

    03/19/2008 4:47:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 108+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 19, 2008 – More than 6,300 families need to be located to collect DNA samples for the purpose of identifying missing soldiers from World War II and the wars in Korea and Vietnam, a U.S. Army official said yesterday. The military maintains a database of mitochondrial DNA samples from family members of missing-in-action soldiers in the Armed Forces DNA Identification Lab, Army Lt. Col. Julius Smith, chief of past conflict repatriation for Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs, said during a teleconference with online journalists and “bloggers.” Smith explained that the DNA samples help the Army identify missing...
  • Girl Opens Birthday Present, Finds Soldier Stepdad Inside

    03/19/2008 12:13:49 PM PDT · by Cagey · 72 replies · 2,409+ views
    KIRO TV NEWS ^ | 3-19-2008
    SANFORD, Mich. -- At her seventh birthday party, Amber Birdsall thought the huge gift box wrapped in pink paper likely hid a pair of bicycles. She was wrong. Inside was something she wanted even more -- her stepfather, a soldier who had been deployed overseas. "This is way better than bikes," Amber said. The surprise began a few weeks ago when Amber told her inquiring mother that all she wanted for her birthday was to have her stepfather return home from serving 10 months in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her mother, Trisha Johnson, 34, relayed Amber's wish to her 39-year-old husband...
  • U.S. Army Isn't Broken After All, Military Experts Say

    03/19/2008 8:47:50 AM PDT · by LoneStarGI · 31 replies · 1,052+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Wednesday, March 19, 2008 | Jennifer Griffin
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — One year ago, as President Bush decided to send more troops to Iraq, the conventional wisdom in Washington among opponents of the war was that the U.S. Army was on the verge of breaking. In December 2006 former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell warned, "The active Army is about broken." Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey, in a much-cited memo to West Point colleagues, wrote: "My bottom line is that the Army is unraveling, and if we don’t expend significant national energy to reverse that trend, sometime in the next two...
  • Army campaign to boost public support

    03/17/2008 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Rikstir · 6 replies · 221+ views
    bbc news online ^ | 17th March 08 | bbc news
    The Army has launched a publicity campaign costing an estimated £2m to encourage public support for UK soldiers. (note to thread: the next point are ones that I have picked out from larger article. You can view the entire article @ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7300626.stm)Rikstir ...The campaign, which is being launched just days before the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion and is entitled "To the Best", aims to share stories of the work troops do. It includes a website where messages of support can be left... ...Last year, Gen Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army, expressed concerns about "the growing...
  • German police shoot U.S. soldier dead

    03/15/2008 1:52:07 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 109 replies · 5,127+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | Mar 14 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A U.S. soldier stationed in southern Germany was shot dead by police after threatening an ex-girlfriend and then going on the run armed with an assault rifle, authorities said on Friday. The 30-year old, who was serving in the 2nd, "Dagger," brigade of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, broke into the woman's house late on Thursday, threatened her and tied her up, police in the Bavarian region of Unterfranken said. She was able to free herself and alerted the police, who began a search using a commando unit and a helicopter equipped with thermal imaging equipment. Officers...
  • Evict the military recruitment station, cage the recruiters!

    03/12/2008 12:28:06 PM PDT · by concretebob · 97 replies · 2,252+ views
    Pittsburgh Organizing Group ^ | 12 March 2008 | Pittsburgh Organizng Group
    On Wednesday, March 19, POG will be holding a torch-lit march to a modern day castle of abominations—our local military recruiting station. If the station remains open, we intend to evict it and everything inside of it, occupy the location, and transform it into something useful for the community. We'll also be bringing a movable cage in which to confine military recruiters until they no longer pose a danger to our friends and neighbors. Of course, the station may be closed and recruiters may flee or hide behind the police apparatus that enables the war to continue. That is often...
  • (Vice President)Cheney says US needs missile defense

    03/11/2008 11:09:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 577+ views
    The News Observer ^ | March 12, 2008 | Tom Raum
    WASHINGTON - Borrowing a theme from the presidential contest, Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday that the possibility of a 3 a.m. emergency call to the White House is all the more reason for the next commander in chief to follow through on President Bush's plans for a national missile defense. "It's plain to see that the world around us gives ample reason to continue working on missile defense," Cheney told the conservative Heritage Foundation at a dinner recognizing the 25th anniversary of President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, a proposed network of rockets capable of shooting down incoming intercontinental ballistic...
  • Face of Defense: Army Wife Makes Most of Long Separations

    03/11/2008 5:27:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 312+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Jon Fleshman
    VICENZA, Italy, March 11, 2008 – Friends, yoga, a family support group, online courses, a trip to England and a toddler lifted 24-year-old Samantha Windell out of her funk when her husband, Chase, went to war. Samantha Windell and her 14-month-son Damion check for messages on their computer from their deployed soldier, Spc. Chase Windell. Photo by Krista Brown  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “The first few months after my husband deployed were miserable,” Windell admitted from her home in Bamberg, Germany. “I wanted to stay at home the whole time.” When Spc. Chase Windell deployed to Afghanistan...
  • Gang Members Get Trained in the Army

    03/10/2008 5:44:22 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies · 1,436+ views
    New American Media ^ | March 9, 2008 | Claudia Núñez
    While hundreds of Mexican soldiers are deserting the army to join drug trafficking gangs, California is facing the opposite problem: A growing number of gang members here have infiltrated the U.S. Armed Forces in order to receive military training. The numbers speak for themselves: In 2003 there were just 16 incidents of gang members in the U.S. Armed Forces, while in 2006 the total was 10,309, according to the study, "Gang-Related Activity in the U.S. Armed Forces Increasing," released in 2007 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Twenty-two official entities, including the Los Angeles Police Department, participated in the...
  • Army helps build mosque

    03/10/2008 5:25:29 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 15 replies · 446+ views
    Blackpool Gazette ^ | 10 March 2008 | Heather Butler
    A TEAM of Fylde soldiers is building bridges in Afghanistan. Troops from the Weeton-based Second Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 Yorks) arranged for the construction of a new mosque for members of the Afghan National Army (ANA) in Helmand province. Local soldiers in the Shorabak Training Facility, near Camp Bastion, were without a place of worship when the project got underway in September. The British Provincial Reconstruction Team arranged funding and a formal plan for the construction work. It also assigned a representative to oversee the build. Major Marc Steventon, 2 Yorks Quartermaster at Camp Tombstone, was project manager on...
  • [Sean]Penn,[Cindy]Sheehan,Gonzalez to Address March 16th Peace Vigil in San Francisco (FReep?)

    03/10/2008 9:33:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 786+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | March 8, 2008
    SAN FRANCISCO, Actor Sean Penn and Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan will headline "Iraq: 5 Years Too Many", an event marking the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. Also featured will be Reverend Gregory Stewart, Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church; Matt Gonzalez, former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; and Justin Raimondo, Editorial Director of Antiwar.com. The program will begin at 5pm on Sunday, March 16th, 2008 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street (near Geary) in San Francisco. After the speakers finish, attendees will march to the War Memorial Auditorium on Van Ness...
  • How liver surgeries cut short patients’ lives

    03/09/2008 5:52:04 AM PDT · by Salena Zito · 19 replies · 1,490+ views
    tribune-review ^ | Tribune-Review
    How liver surgeries cut short patients’ lives By The Tribune-Review Sunday, March 9, 2008 Hundreds of patients each year undergo liver transplants when they don't need them, and possibly never will, a four-month Pittsburgh Tribune-Review investigation found. One in 10 of those patients dies when they could have lived longer without the transplant. The rest - all at the rock-bottom of waiting lists - must resign themselves to an early battle with the burdensome risks of anti-rejection drugs and complications that can follow: infections, cancers, kidney damage, and high blood sugar. What's worse, a third of those patients get the...
  • Clinton, Obama: Own up to feces throwers! (Melanie Morgan on Times Square bombing)

    03/07/2008 10:17:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 1,016+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 7, 2008 | Melanie Morgan
    The improvised explosive device went off at approximately 3:45 a.m., shattering glass and twisting the building's metal frame. Some will dismiss this as just another attack on our troops in Iraq or Afghanistan. But, the attack didn't take place in the Middle East – the attack against our troops took place here on American soil. The bombing of the military recruiting center located at Times Square in New York City is still under investigation. Police report a hooded individual leaving the scene on a bike just prior to the bomb's explosion. Eight Democratic politicians received letters providing a warning of...
  • Odierno, Other Leaders Support 12-Month Army Deployments

    03/05/2008 3:30:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 57+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 5, 2008 – The former commander of Multinational Corps Iraq emphasized the need yesterday for longer “dwell time” between Army deployments to reduce the strain on the force and give soldiers more time for training. Video Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, who left the No. 2 coalition post in Iraq in mid-February, told Pentagon reporters he supports plans to shorten Army deployments from 15 to 12 months to reduce wear and tear on the force. “What we’re trying to do is get more time back between deployments,” Odierno said. Troops now typically get a 1-to-1 balance...
  • Resolve to Win Walk

    02/28/2008 7:50:47 AM PST · by concretebob · 19 replies · 480+ views
    Reslove to Win Website ^ | 27 February 2008 | Maj. Dennis McCool USA (Ret)
    FINAL PREPARATION: On our final day of packing before heading to SC, I wanted to contact you and ask you to email everyone you know and ask them to visit our website http://vfwwebcom.org/ResolveToWin/ and ask them to spread the word to everyone they know. I believe our website is very informative and offers people an opportunity to interact.If we can’t get people visiting the website to learn about the Resolve to Win March, we will not be able to get them out on the road. Please pass this information on to everyone you know who believes that we should Support...
  • General: Obama's Story Is Believable

    02/26/2008 2:01:12 PM PST · by Bishop_Malachi · 20 replies · 82+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 26th, 2008 | ANNE FLAHERTY
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Gen. George Casey, the Army's chief of staff, said Tuesday he has no reason to doubt Barack Obama's recent account by an Army captain that a rifle platoon in Afghanistan didn't have enough soldiers or weapons. But he questioned the assertion that the shortages prevented the troops from doing their job. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Casey said the incident would have occurred in 2003 and 2004 following the Iraq invasion. He said he remembers it as a "difficult time" trying to rush armor and other equipment to the troops. "I have no reason to...
  • Iraqi to Return Home, as a U.S. Soldier

    02/25/2008 6:56:48 AM PST · by moderatewolverine · 38 replies · 110+ views
    Primetime Politics ^ | 02/25/2008 | Clarke Canfield
    Safaa Wadi moved to this former mill city after his life was threatened in his native Iraq while serving as an interpreter for the U.S. Army. He expects to soon head back to Iraq — not as a civilian interpreter, but as a U.S. soldier. Wadi arrived in the United States in September with a special immigrant visa for Iraqi and Afghan interpreters. But with his savings nearly depleted and unable to land a decent job, Wadi enlisted in the Army. He begins training in South Carolina on Monday. Wadi isn't worried about returning to Iraq, where many of his...
  • Rigged Trials at Gitmo (grab a barf bag)

    02/24/2008 3:34:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 195+ views
    Yahoo! News/The Nation ^ | February 21, 2008 | Ross Tuttle
    Secret evidence. Denial of habeas corpus. Evidence obtained by waterboarding. Indefinite detention. The litany of complaints about the treatment of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay is long, disturbing and by now familiar. Nonetheless, a new wave of shock and criticism greeted the Pentagon's announcement on February 11 that it was charging six Guantánamo detainees, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, with war crimes--and seeking the death penalty for all of them. Now, as the murky, quasi-legal staging of the Bush Administration's military commissions unfolds, a key official has told The Nation that the trials have been rigged from the start....
  • Anti-military activists have too much say at schools (Corvallis, Oregon)

    02/22/2008 1:42:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 537+ views
    Corvallis Gazette-Times ^ | February 21, 2008 | Pat Wray
    Some columns write themselves. Some are a struggle and leave me confused, conflicted and a little angry. This is one of those. It started out as a tongue-in-cheek look at the recent action by the city council in Berkeley, Calif., to oust the U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office and brand the Marines “uninvited and unwelcome intruders.” I planned to compare the situation in that strange city with our fairly-liberal-but-not-ridiculously-so approach here in Corvallis. Then I started doing research. I learned that an anti-military organization has access to our high school students equal to that of the U.S. Armed Forces. The...
  • British army 'faces disaster'

    02/18/2008 12:11:59 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 23 replies · 85+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 18, 2008 | Michael Smith
    A SENIOR British defence official has warned the armed forces are headed for a "train crash" because the Government is starving them of funds as two separate coronial inquests found shortages of equipment were to blame for the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a confidential presentation to colleagues at a meeting in the Ministry of Defence to discuss budget cuts, a senior defence equipment capability manager said spending had been so severely pruned that vitally needed equipment was simply unaffordable. He also warned that the Government risked "mortgaging the future" of national defence. The meeting, one...
  • Pakistan Army Chief Ends Role In Politics

    02/17/2008 6:49:47 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 96+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-18-2008 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Pakistan army chief ends role in politics By Isambard Wilkinson in Lahore Last Updated: 1:12am GMT 18/02/2008 The new head of Pakistan's army has ordered the military to end its involvement in the country's politics. The Pakistan army's popularity has been mauled by its meddling in politics Gen Ashfaq Kiani's decree, issued on the eve of today's parliamentary election, reversed President Pervez Musharraf's policy of including the military in politics and removes a key pillar of support from him. A senior military source told The Daily Telegraph that "the move includes plans to overhaul the role of the military intelligence...
  • Inquiry: Anti-tank rockets caused blast [at N.C. Scrap Yard]

    02/15/2008 2:45:26 PM PST · by The Pack Knight · 19 replies · 662+ views
    The News and Observer ^ | 14 Feb 2008 | Lorenzo Perez
    RALEIGH - The explosion that injured two workers at a Raleigh scrap metal yard Tuesday morning has been traced to a collection of anti-tank rockets and projectiles mixed into a pile of debris dropped off at the Garner Road facility Feb. 7. A Fort Bragg explosive ordnance disposal unit will resume detonating ammunition today, keeping a largely industrial stretch of Garner Road blocked off for at least a third day. Residents forced from their homes by the methodical detonations were allowed to return temporarily Wednesday night but were told they'd have to leave again by 8 a.m. today. It's not...
  • Defense Spending Crisis

    02/12/2008 6:51:22 AM PST · by AlbertoMG · 4 replies · 93+ views
    Human Events ^ | February 12, 2008 | W Thomas Smith Jr.
    The first duty of government, as Adam Smith wrote in 1776, is defense which can only be accomplished by means of a military force. Our federal government is Constitutionally charged “to provide for the common defense.” Yet that essential function is literally on the verge of collapse, descending into a proverbial black hole of debt, skyrocketing costs, poor planning, Beltway politics, and wartime wear-and-tear. And millions -- many on the government dole and their political heroes who champion abstract “change” -- are ignoring the descent, mindless of what the end result will mean for us and our childrens’ future. ...
  • iPod Warriors: Tech Gadget Breaks Barriers for Troops (Translator)

    02/11/2008 4:35:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 211+ views
    WJXX-TV12 ^ | February 8, 2008 | Grayson Kamm
    ORLANDO, FL -- A small Florida company has turned one of the world's most popular high tech gadgets into a tool for American troops that can help save lives. "They speak with their hands -- a lot," US Army Sergeant Darren Williams said, remembering the times he worked to communicate with the local people during his year as a soldier in Iraq. "If you grab something, or if you say, 'Hold it.' Or, 'Pick it up. Pick it up.' You use that a lot, too," the Jacksonville-based Army recruiter said, waving his hands through a series of gestures. For Williams,...
  • Recruiting Initiatives May Bolster Army Reserve Accessions

    02/11/2008 4:30:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 46+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2008 – Though Army Reserve recruiting fell short of January’s goal, the component is meeting its fiscal year goal as recruiting initiatives continue to attract qualified men and women. The Army Reserve missed its goal of 3,389 by 132 recruits, or 4 percent, according to figures published today by the Defense Department. In a recent interview, however, the Army Reserve’s senior enlisted soldier expressed optimism about new recruiting programs that might usher in positive trends. Command Sgt. Maj. Leon Caffie indicated high expectations for the Army Reserve Recruiting Assistance Program, which compensates reservists $2,000 for each recruit...
  • Pakistan Army Failures 'Put The West In Peril'

    02/10/2008 6:49:05 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 93+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-11-2008 | Isambard Wilkinson
    Pakistan army failures 'put the West in peril' By Isambard Wilkinson in Islamabad Last Updated: 2:31am GMT 11/02/2008 The West remains at constant risk of large-scale al-Qa'eda terrorist attacks because the Pakistani military requires years of training before it will be able to combat militancy, a Western military official has warned. Pakistan has deployed about 100,000 troops to the tribal region where about 1,000 have been killed More than six years have elapsed since the September 11 attacks on the United States but the Pakistan army remains unequipped and untrained for counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations, the official told The Daily...
  • Army Sniper Convicted of Killing Iraqi Civilian

    02/10/2008 8:57:53 AM PST · by Freedom of Speech Wins · 91 replies · 399+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/10 | NA
    BAGHDAD - A U.S. Army sniper accused of killing an unarmed Iraqi civilian and planting evidence on his body was found guilty on all charges Sunday. Jurors deliberated for three hours before finding Sgt. Evan Vela guilty of murder without premeditation. He had previously been charged with premeditated murder, but that charge was changed during his court-martial this week in Baghdad.
  • America is making gains in Iraq

    02/09/2008 9:48:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 107+ views
    The North County Times-Californian ^ | February 9, 2008 | Maj. Gen. John Kelly, USMC
    I have just had the privilege of returning to Iraq and more specifically to Al Anbar Province for my third tour. I say privilege for a number of different reasons, not the least of which is the opportunity to again serve with young Americans ---- the best of their generation ---- in combat. A second reason is there is no greater honor for any man or woman than to protect one's country in time of grave danger while wearing the nation's cloth. Finally, I do not think there can be anything more gratifying on this earth for an American than...
  • Army Pictures from Iraq (vanity)

    02/04/2008 4:03:55 PM PST · by frankenMonkey · 8 replies · 227+ views
    JPG Magazine ^ | 2/4/2008 | Russell Lee Klika
    Found a great source of photographs from Iraq. Enjoy. Here: JPG magazine Photographer has a website.
  • Half-Trained troops to be deployed to Afghanistan (UK)...

    01/31/2008 7:03:39 AM PST · by thundrey · 4 replies · 89+ views
    Nearly 1,000 new army recruits face having their combat training cut by half so that they can be rushed to the battlefields of Afghanistan. The “exceptional” measure is being proposed by senior officers to meet a serious shortage in manpower, The Times has learnt. It would affect those infantry battalions being earmarked to fight in the country next year. One senior defence source admitted that the new recruits would not be properly qualified to fight since they would receive only 50 per cent of the basic training usually given to qualified combat infantrymen. “I would be very nervous of having...
  • Fort Bliss bans soldiers from visiting Juarez for now

    01/27/2008 2:49:44 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 15 replies · 1,738+ views
    EL PASO — Because of increasing violence there, Fort Bliss officials say they've discontinued issuing passes to soldiers who want to travel across the border to Juarez. "This is only for a short term until things settle down and there's no perceived danger to any soldier or anyone going to Juarez," Fort Bliss spokeswoman Jean Offutt said on Saturday. "I think it's just based on the events that are going on in Juarez at this time." Offutt said the disruption for military personnel who are now restricted from entering Juarez to visit family or travel may only be temporary. The...
  • Man who stole from Salvation Army ordered to spend a night homeless

    01/25/2008 2:08:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies · 69+ views
    Man who stole from Salvation Army ordered to spend a night homelessBy AP Friday, January 25, 2008 1:44 PM CST PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A judge on Thursday ordered a Salvation Army worker who stole a holiday kettle containing about $250 to spend the night homeless. Nathen Smith, 28, was to spend the night anywhere but a house, said Municipal Judge Michael Cicconetti. Smith was fitted with a GPS device to track his moves. “My initial reaction was, ’Wow.’ But I don’t think the sentence is too harsh,” said Smith, who expected to spend Thursday night in a homeless shelter....
  • We’re Fighting the Wrong War (Democrats Hit With New Reality-The War Has Largely Ended..)

    01/23/2008 7:24:00 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 4 replies · 190+ views
    NewsWeek ^ | Jan 28, 2008 Issue | Fareed Zakaria
    'What remains is a negative objective, stopping the war from spilling over, within Iraq but also outside it.' Pity the U.S. presidential candidates. They had their positions on Iraq all worked out by last summer and have repeated them consistently ever since. But events on the ground have changed dramatically, and their rhetoric feels increasingly stale. They're fighting the Iraq War all right, but it's the wrong one. The Democrats are having the hardest time with the new reality. Every candidate is committed to "ending the war" and bringing our troops back home. The trouble is, the war has largely...
  • Fewer Army recruits have high school diplomas (MSM blames Iraq war for less diplomas)

    01/22/2008 9:54:24 AM PST · by tobyhill · 29 replies · 7,757+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 1/22/2008 | ap
    WASHINGTON - The percent of Army recruits with a high school diploma dropped last year, continuing a trend that has worsened since the start of the Iraq war, according to a report released Tuesday. National Priorities Project, a research group that analyzes federal data, found that nearly 71 percent of Army recruits graduated from high school in the 2007 budget year. It based its findings on data it obtained from the Defense Department through a Freedom of Information Act request. All troops must have a high school diploma or an equivalent degree. The military prefers that they have a high...
  • Soldiers Re-enlist to Commemorate 100th Army Reserve Anniversary

    01/18/2008 4:05:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 60+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Master Sgt. Anthony Martinez, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2008 – More than 100 mobilized Army Reserve soldiers deployed in Iraq and Kuwait raised their right hands and recited the oath of enlistment in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Army Reserve, in a ceremony here today. More than 100 Army Reserve soldiers gather at the Al Faw palace at Camp Victory, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2008, to reenlist during a ceremony marking the 100th Anniversary of the Army Reserve. U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Anthony Martinez  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In the grand rotunda of Al Faw Palace here, Army Gen....
  • Teen's mom finds Army recruiting card in store-bought pants

    01/16/2008 12:35:37 PM PST · by aomagrat · 128 replies · 467+ views
    WIS TV ^ | 15 January 2008 | Brandi Cummings
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Midlands mother contacted us after finding an Army recruiter's card in a pair of pants she bought for her son. We called the recruiter to see if he was the one who hid the cards in the store merchandise. "I brought these in here and this is in the pocket of my son's pants. I was angry. It was very deceptive and underhanded," said Leigh Nichols. Nichols bought a pair of camouflage pants from the Target store in Lexington Monday. Her 13-year-old son Travis tried them on and found an Army recruiter's business card. He...
  • Army Chinooks Help Carry Work Load

    01/14/2008 3:41:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 140+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Andrew M. Kalwitz, USMC
    AL TAQADDUM — Though they are a flock of merely eight, the Army’s CH-47 Chinooks move thousands of pounds of gear and scores of personnel daily. Despite their small number of aircraft, the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment has handled a large workload since beginning operations in August. With greater capacity, the Army’s Chinooks have spared the Marine Corps’ aircraft approximately 28,000 passengers and almost 2 million pounds of cargo. “They just needed something to fill the gaps until they could get another stateside unit into the rotation,” said Capt. Nelson Gray, a Milan, Ohio native. Gray said the battalion’s...
  • Pakistan Army Guards Scarce Grain

    01/14/2008 11:31:54 AM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 95+ views
    BBC ^ | 1-14-2008
    Pakistan army guards scarce grain Women buy flour in Karachi - many have gone without The authorities in Pakistan have deployed paramilitary troops to guard wheat supplies around the country amid fears of a massive shortfall. The government has blamed hoarders and smugglers for the problem. Wheat is a staple food in Pakistan and shortages have led to large scale rioting in the past. Flour shortfalls initially pushed up market prices. Later flour ran out on the open market when officials fixed prices and warned against violations. Now Pakistan's national disaster management authority has deployed thousands of paramilitary troops at...
  • Musharraf: Pakistani troops were tougher,could go on bread and water,US troops would need chocolate

    01/13/2008 5:54:09 PM PST · by milestogo · 41 replies · 170+ views
    BB was very unpopular with army: Musharraf The president said tribal agreements did not solve the problem in FATA, but insisted that negotiations must continue. ‘Pakistani troops can do better in FATA’: He said if the US undertook a unilateral operation inside Pakistan, they would “curse the day they came here”. “I know these areas, and I know American troops. I know our troops. This is not easy.” He said Pakistani troops were tougher and could go on roti (bread) and water, while the US troops would need chocolate. “We are totally in cooperation on the intelligence side,” he said....
  • Why We Serve: Army Major Wants to Share Her Success Story

    01/11/2008 3:21:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 120+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2008 – Army Maj. Lisa L. Carter, a two-time Iraq veteran, wants to share her life’s success story with the American public. Army Maj. Lisa L. Carter. Defense Department photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Carter recalled her days as a single mother working at a post office in Atlanta while caring for her 2-year-old daughter a few years after her 1984 graduation from Fulton High School there. “I met a lot of retired military personnel” at the post office, Carter said, noting the veterans encouraged her to join the Army Reserve as a way...
  • Major Olmsted's final blog

    01/07/2008 8:35:36 PM PST · by Sola Veritas · 8 replies · 240+ views
    http://www.andrewolmsted.com/ | 4 JAN 08 | Major Andrew Olmsted, US Army
    I do ask (not that I'm in a position to enforce this) that no one try to use my death to further their political purposes. I went to Iraq and did what I did for my reasons, not yours. My life isn't a chit to be used to bludgeon people to silence on either side. If you think the U.S. should stay in Iraq, don't drag me into it by claiming that somehow my death demands us staying in Iraq. If you think the U.S. ought to get out tomorrow, don't cite my name as an example of someone's life...
  • Afghanistan National Security Forces Order of Battle

    01/07/2008 9:07:24 AM PST · by DJ Elliott · 97+ views
    The Long War Journal ^ | 7 January 2008 | CJ Radin
    The Long War Journal is pleased to publish the first release of the Afghanistan National Security Forces Order of Battle (ANSF OOB). The ANSF OOB, like the Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle, is based on open source information. We believe the ANSF OOB is a good representation of the Afghan military and police structure. The OOB will be updated and published on a quarterly basis.
  • Iraqi Army, Iraqi Security Volunteers strengthen their unity (Adhamiyah)

    01/06/2008 11:46:56 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 63+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE No. 20080106-05 January 6, 2008 Iraqi Army, Iraqi Security Volunteers strengthen their unity 2nd BCT Public Affairs, 82nd Abn. Div. Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO BAGHDAD – Key leaders from the Iraqi Army and the local volunteer security force in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah neighborhood held a summit Jan. 3 to discuss the way forward. The meeting was attended by Maj. Gen. Mushir, commander of the 11th Iraqi Army Division, and Col. Riyad Al Samarrae, the contractor in charge of the local Iraqi Security Volunteers, as well as the IA and ISV leaders. At the meeting, IA and...